These days, truffles are one of the more popular types of chocolate. What are chocolate truffles and what makes them so special? We’ll explain what’s behind their unique name and why we created our cacao truffle bars. By the end of our sweet guide, you’ll be ready to snack on one!
Definition of a Chocolate Truffle
A traditional chocolate truffle is a confectionery made with a rich chocolate ganache center. They’re shaped by hand into spheres or balls, which is why they get their name from the edible fungus we know as truffles. They don’t taste like mushrooms, but they look like one! Most chocolate truffles are sphere-shaped, but others are curved or look like a cone. There are wide varieties of chocolate truffles, just like chocolate bars. Some include flavorings. They also have a coating such as hard chocolate or cocoa powder.
A sweet coating is a delicious way to protect the soft filling. It also prevents the chocolate ganache from sticking to fingers and surfaces. If you’d like, you can top your truffles with tasty toppings like toasted almonds or coconut.
What Makes the Perfect Chocolate Truffle?
Now that you know what makes a chocolate truffle, you’ll want to know which ones stand out. A fantastic chocolate truffle is made first and foremost with high-quality chocolate. If you’re using dark chocolate, it should include the right balance of cacao to keep the truffle rich yet balanced. Delicious truffles should also include quality cocoa powder for a smooth and velvety coating. All chocolate truffles should use responsibly sourced ingredients.
Best Ways to Eat Chocolate Truffles
There are many ways to eat chocolate truffles. While they’re delicious and satisfying alone, you can add them to bars and other treats. Here are some of the best uses for these chocolatey, fun-filled superstars:
One of the best ways to eat chocolate truffles is on their own. Just pick them up and indulge! They’re small enough to eat in one or two bites, which makes it easy to sample different styles. Some truffles are rich and fudgy dark chocolate, while others have a lush fruit-forward flavor.
You’ll discover chocolate truffles of all types, including green matcha truffles or chocolates filled with flavors of coffee or cappuccino. Truffles can include everything from hazelnut to white chocolate.
You can use bittersweet or semisweet chocolate like our Sassy & Sweet 66% cacao nibs along with flavors like toffee or pure vanilla. Don’t forget about uplifting tastes that combine well with dark chocolate like praline or orange liqueur. Some unique truffle flavors include Mexican chocolate and chocolate with avocado.
Chocolate Truffle Filled Bars
Not all truffles are created equal. Our truffle-filled dark chocolate bars do not have a gooey center like you would expect. Instead, the inside of our bars is made up of dark chocolate with a little bit of coconut oil, which technically makes the inside component a truffle. If you take one bite of our chocolate, you’ll notice the inside isn’t much different from the outside as they are both hard, so why did we do thi?. Well, since the center is slightly softer, you’ll get a quicker melting-on-your-tongue experience. This allows you to get to all of the wonderful flavors and nuances in our ethically sourced and high-quality cacao quicker than you normally would without a dense truffle center.
If this sounds tempting, you’ll like dense and fudgy cacao truffle-filled dark chocolate. Sourced from world-renowned cacao farms, a 75% cacao shell gives these bars notes of crisp brownie edges for a truly indulgent plant-based dessert.
Fruit-forward cacao truffles marry beautifully with dark chocolate. We use a 72% cacao shell here. Or taste bold coffee-filled truffles made with organic coffee beans nestled inside plant-based oat milk chocolate. There are just as many varieties of chocolate truffle bars as there are individual chocolate truffles.
Chocolate Desserts & Baked Goods
Our favorite way to use chocolate truffles is to put them in chocolate, but you can also find them in many delicious desserts! Create velvety dark chocolate brownies for a party or impress your guests when you enrobe your truffles in chewy mochi. Chocolate truffle bars are the stars of cakes of all shapes and sizes. For an easy and fun twist on chocolate truffles, add them to ice cream and include crunchy toppings. Check out our recipes page for inspiration!
Discover the Magic of Plant-Based Chocolate
Chocolate truffles are pure magic. They’re even better when they’re made from plants! And since chocolate is made from the cacao tree, our craft chocolate is 100% plant-based and responsibly sourced from our long-term partners. You’ll love our different varieties, like our coffee-forward truffle bars and fruity truffle bars to help create your recipes and satisfy your tastebuds. With TCHO, you know you’re eating quality chocolate and making delicious, one-of-a-kind desserts.